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Location Denmark, Viborg Amtskommune
Central coordinates 9o 20.00' East  56o 33.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2, C3
Area 4,260 ha
Altitude 0 - 1m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening



Site description A shallow brackish water arm of the Limfjord, separated from the main fjord by a road embankment and bordered by coastal saltmarshes and agricultural areas.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1995  885 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina non-breeding  1988  2,000-4,000 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula non-breeding  1988  5,000-6,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hjarbæk Fjord og Simested Fjord - DK00EX024 Birds Directive 4,234 protected area contained by site 4,234  
Lovns Bredning - DK00EY014 Birds Directive 7,513 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Lovns Bredning, Hjarbæk Fjord og Skals, Simested og Nørre Ådal, samt Skravad Bæk - DK00EY134 Habitats Directive 23,513 protected area overlaps with site 3,958  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  -
Unknown   5%
Coastline Salt marshes  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
unknown 75%

Protection status National Partial International High4,260 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Hjarbæk Fjord and Simested å, 4,260 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hjarbæk Fjord. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014

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